Scientists to test whether Zika can kill brain cancer cells

Scientists in Britain plan to harness the Zika virus to try to kill brain tumor cells in experiments that they say could lead to new ways to fight an aggressive type of cancer.

The research will focus on glioblastoma, the most common form of brain cancer, which has a five-year survival rate of barely 5 percent, according to Reuters.

Zika causes severe disability in babies by attacking developing stem cells in the brain - but in adults, whose brains are fully formed, it often causes no more than mild flu-like symptoms.

New species of bus-sized fossil marine reptile

A new species of a fossil pliosaur (large predatory marine reptile from the 'age of dinosaur') has been found and profoundly change how we understand the evolution of the group, says scientists.

Spanning more than 135 Ma during the 'Age of Dinosaurs', plesiosaur marine reptiles represent one of longest-lived radiations of aquatic tetrapods and certainly the most diverse one. Plesiosaurs possess an unusual body shape not seen in other marine vertebrates with four large flippers, a stiff trunk, and a highly varying neck length.

Barking mad? Dogs can ‘talk’ to humans

While it may not come as much of a surprise to doting dog owners the world over, a new study has suggested that man’s best friend can make us humans understand what they mean through their variety of barks and growls.

Researchers enlisted a group of 40 volunteers to listen to a variety of dog growls during numerous tasks, according to RT.

A total of 18 different dogs were recorded guarding their food, playing a game of tug of war, and facing a threatening stranger.

Warm-bloodedness may have developed 20 million years earlier than previously thought

Researchers have long speculated that the 'body heater' in land animals evolved some 270 million years ago, according to Daily mail

However, new evidence has suggested that warm-bloodedness may have come about 20 to 30 million years earlier.

After analyzing the ancient bones of a long-extinct land animal that lived 300 million years ago, the team discovered its fossilized remains had the same bone form found in today's land mammals

The breakthrough research was conducted by a team, who looked at humerus bones and femurs of long-extinct animals – specifically the mammal predecessor Ophiacodon that lived 300 million years ago.

NASA probe Juno completes latest flyby of gas giant Jupiter

NASA’s Juno spacecraft collected more crucial data during its latest flyby of Jupiter, the probe’s fifth science orbit since beginning its monumental mission.

Juno’s many onboard instruments collected various forms of data during the close flyby. These readings will be returned to Earth for analysis along with images captured by the spacecraft’s JunoCam, according to RT.

The spacecraft got closest to the center of the gas giant at about 2,200 miles (3,500km) above Jupiter’s “mysterious cloud tops” – the secrets of which, NASA believes, the flyby will help reveal.

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